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Harvey Kliman, MD, PhD

Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Director, Reproductive and Placental Research Unit

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Harvey Kliman, MD, PhD

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Mailing Address

  • Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

    PO Box 208063

    New Haven, CT 06520-8063

    United States



Harvey J. Kliman has, in addition to an M.D., a Ph.D. in cellular biochemistry from the University of Chicago. He is currently a Research Scientist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale University School of Medicine and the Director of the Reproductive and Placental Research Unit with a special interest in infertility and pregnancy complications. He has over thirty years of anatomic pathology training with particular emphasis in electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, endometrial and placental pathology. He has over ten patents, including the patent for the Endometrial Function Test® (EFT®)—“The soil test for the endometrium®” and “Method and system for determining placental volume.” His contributions in the field of placental research include the development of the “Kliman” method of trophoblast purification, research into the mechanisms of trophoblast differentiation and invasion, the role and genesis of syncytial knots, the discovery of placental fetal fibronectin, and more recently, the clinical utility of abnormalities in placental villous growth patterns, especially trophoblast invaginations and inclusions, to diagnose genetic abnormalities in pregnancy, including autism.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1987)
  • Resident
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1985)
  • PhD
    University of Chicago (1981)
  • MD
    University of Chicago (1980)


  • Estimated Placenta Volume (EPV) Normative Curves
    Oslo, Oslo County, Norway 2008
    Generation of normative curves for placental growth in cross section of Oslo, Norway pregnant patients.
  • Placenta research
    Rehovot, Center District, Israel; Haifa, Haifa District, Israel 2001
    Study the normal and abnormal physiology of the human placenta.

Professional Service

Yale University School of MedicineYale School of Medicine Admissions Committee2011 - 2015

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